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New Covid strains, seasonal ailments may spike hospitalisation in winter

13 XBB variants detected in Maharashtra are all under home-isolation; the strain spreads rapidly and is said to be behind the recent spike in Singapore

A healthcare worker collects a nasal swab sample of a woman for a COVID-19 test amid a surge in coronavirus cases, in Jammu.
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The Maharashtra Health Department said the XBB, has a growth advantage over BA.2.75 and evasive immune properties

Sohini Das Mumbai
Experts have cautioned against letting the guard down now as the new mutations on the block – BQ.1 and BQ.1.1 – are leading to a surge in cases across the world. What worries the scientific and medical community is that an immune-escape Covid-19 strain coupled with the natural spike in influenza and pneumonia cases during winters may lead to a rise in hospitalisations.

India recently reported new Covid-19 cases such as XBB (Omicron subvariant), and the BQ.1 variant. Maharashtra has reported BA.2.3.20 variant too. A new recombinant variant BXX too is being picked up by the Indian Sars-CoV-2 Consortium on

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First Published: Oct 19 2022 | 7:06 PM IST

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